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Story

If Interiors was Woody Allen's Bergman movie, and Stardust Memories was his Fellini movie, then you could say that Sleeper is his Buster Keaton movie. Relying more on visual/conceptual/slapstick gags than his trademark verbal wit, Sleeper is probably the funniest of what would become known as Allen's "early, funny films" and a milestone in his development as a director. Allen plays Miles Monroe, cryogenically frozen in 1973 (he went into the hospital for an ulcer operation) and unthawed 200 years later. Society has become a sterile, Big Brother-controlled dystopia, and Miles joins the underground resistance--joined by a pampered rich woman (Diane Keaton at her bubbliest). Among the most famous gags are Miles's attempt to impersonate a domestic-servant robot; the Orgasmatron, a futuristic home appliance that provides instant pleasure; a McDonald's sign boasting how-many-trillions served; and an inflatable suit that provides the means for a quick getaway. The kooky unthawing scenes were later blatantly (and admittedly) ripped off by Mike Myers in Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery. --Jim Emerson

DVD Features

  • Color
  • Widescreen
  • Closed-captioned

Cast

Woody AllenMiles Monroe
Diane KeatonLuna Schlosser
John BeckErno Windt
Don KeeferDr. Tryon
Mews SmallDr. Nero
Brian AveryHerald Cohen

  • Genre: Comedy Movies
  • Director: Woody Allen
  • Producer: MGM/UA
  • Length: 89 mins
  • Aspect ratio: 1.85:1
  • Theatrical Release
    North AmericaDec 17, 1973
  • Ratings
    North AmericaPG
    EuropePG
  • DVD Release
    North AmericaSep 7, 2004
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